Audience Boos Contraception Question — Gingrich Then Slams Media Over Obama and ‘Legalized Infanticide’
CNN Moderator John King got more than he’d bargained for Wednesday night when he asked the Republican candidates a question on contraception. The audience responded immediately with audible, angry booing, before Former Speaker Newt Gingrich seized the microphone and delivered another sharp rejoinder to King.
“I want to make two quick points, John. The first is there is a legitimate question about the power of the government to impose on religion activities which any religion opposes. That’s legitimate. But I just want to point out, you did not once in the 2008 campaign, not once did anybody in the elite media ask why Barack Obama voted in favor of legalizing infanticide,” Gingrich said, to raucous applause.
Almost on cue, National Journal, which Gingrich might classify as part of the “elite media,” has produced an article fact-checking the statement. They differ with Gingrich, arguing that Obama voted only against a bill that would have granted human rights to fetuses, and did not support allowing live-born children to be killed, as there were already laws in place requiring medical treatment for such children on the books.